• Hamlet
    1 minutes 15 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Hamlet Reviews

Roger Ebert
At the Movies
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September 10, 2009
Ken Eisner
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It could prove almost as definitive -- and far more easily digestible -- than Branagh's textually complete version.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 6, 2008
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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The lines are read for the most part with more feeling for the angry-stepchild plot than for the iambic pentameter.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 27, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Almereyda modernises and streamlines without trivializing, and amplifies poetic melodrama with regular ingenuity and energy.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 3, 2006
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Icy-cold in its palette and unwaveringly cool in its application of modern settings and gizmos to a text that stands up to endless reinvention, this is a Hamlet that brings imagination matched by thoughtfulness to its appeal to both eye and ear.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 11, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The result is more than a mere gimmick and less than an unqualifed success, but yes -- it's always watchable.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

March 19, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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By equating the garish feudalism of the play's original setting with the megalopolis of today's New York, [Almereyda is] at least on the right track. The problem is, it's just about his only track.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

October 30, 2001
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Almereyda has pulled off a formidable coup: He's made Shakespeare come alive for contemporary audiences of all ages, especially young people.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 12, 2001
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A moody and compelling update of Shakespeare's classic.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

March 9, 2001
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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January 1, 2000
John Anderson
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January 1, 2000
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
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This is one Hamlet that was not meant to be.

January 1, 2000
Peter Brunette
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Ultimately, I don't think that Michael Almereyda's modern-day adaptation of Hamlet really works, but it's a lot of fun along the way.

January 1, 2000
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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In OUR time, the sinister turn of events at the Denmark Corporation couldn't be more apt.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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Although it's virtually impossible to make a bad movie based on a play as strong as Hamlet, Almereyda almost succeeds.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Embarrassingly sophomoric.

January 1, 2000
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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In the end this noble experiment fails, not for its adventure but for its ultimate lack thereof.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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Vital and sharply intelligent.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
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Almereyda never plays up the gimmickry at the expense of the performances.

January 1, 2000
Ernest Hardy
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Visually flat.

January 1, 2000
Stephanie Zacharek
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Oddly enough it's the picture's visuals -- its mournful, glassy Manhattan high-rises; its limos and Town Cars with their mirrorlike flanks -- that make it feel most like Hamlet.

Full Review Source: Salon.com | Original Score: 9/10

January 1, 2000
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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But the joke only goes so far, and even at a relatively svelte 112 minutes Hamlet comes apart in its final third.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
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